Voter ID Requirements
There is one month left until the 2013 Presidential Election! I can’t believe that it is almost that time again…..a new Presidential Election. There is so much information flying around from both camps about who should be the next President of the United States of America. But today I want to provide all of the Love. Work. Repeat readers information on voter ID requirements. No matter what party you’re a member of, this information is necessary in order to help your candidate into the White House.
Several states have updated or changed the laws on the type of ID required in order to cast a vote. Many of the new laws have become stricter on the requirements. For example, you need a valid and current driver’s license to cast a vote. Sound simple and easy…everyone has a valid and current DL…right? Well, what about the 75 year old grandmother who no longer drives and has been voting for the past 50 years?
There are several petitions and law suits happening to stop the strict new laws. On August 30th, a federal court struck down a Texas law that would have required voters to show government-issued photo identification before casting their ballots in November, ruling that the law would hurt turnout among minority voters and impose “strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor” by charging those voters who lack proper documentation fees to obtain election ID cards.
Known as Senate Bill 14, the state’s voter-identification law requires voters who show up at the polls to identify themselves with one of five forms of ID, including a driver’s license or a United States passport. Those lacking one of the five types of identification must obtain an election identification certificate, a government-issued card similar to a driver’s license. Prospective voters would need to travel to a state Department of Public Safety office to get an election ID card, and, although it is free, they would have to verify their identity to obtain one, in some cases paying $22 for a certified copy of their birth certificate.
In its unanimous 56-page ruling, the federal judges found that the fees and the cost of traveling for those voters lacking one of the five forms of ID disproportionately affected the poor and minorities.
This is definitely a victory for Texas but other states might not be as lucky, so please check out the National Conference of State of Legislatures web site to get your state’s requirements before you go to cast your ballot on Tuesday, November 6th!
Resource: NY Times
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